Twitter account of CEO Jack Dorsey hacked using a simple technique

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter got himself into a bit of trouble when his account got “hacked” on the afternoon of Friday. The tweets that came after were objectionable, offensive, suggesting that a bomb showed up at a specific time and was not something a CEO would tweet. The account was hacked by a group which calls itself Chuckle Squad which it also happened to mention it in one of the tweets while the account was down.

The account was secured back roughly about an hour and half back which was declared by Twitter by tweeting (haha) that “the account is now secure, and there is no indication that Twitter’s systems have been compromised.”

Meanwhile, hackers tweeted racial slurs, antisemitic messages and at least one Holocaust denial from Dorsey’s account. Those tweets were up for like 10 minutes after which they were being deleted and were all gone within minutes. 

Apparently, Dorsey’s cell carrier was the one at fault for this hack. Twitter said that “the phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.” which not to mention allowed the hackers the access they needed and send the tweets that they did using text messages. 

The story behind it is that Twitter acquired Cloudhopper like 10 years ago to help it with its SMS service. The tweets came through Cloudhopper wherein if one texts 404-04 from the phone number linked to their Twitter account, that text will post to Twitter. The mentioned source of the tweet will be displayed as “Cloudhopper”. 

The hacker group, Chuckle Squad is the same that hacked quite a few accounts of YouTube celebrities on Twitter just last week. The hacked accounts were of personalities like including beauty vlogger James Charles, Shane Dawson, and comedian King Bach. The squad also accessed the Gmail account of the late Desmond “Etika” Amofah. 

People who were affected suggested that there was a similar pattern where accounts were breached which was after a SIM card swap conducted by AT&T employees.

“We are working with law enforcement, have restored the customers’ service, and discussed ways to secure the account,” an AT&T spokesperson told after the previous Chuckle Squad attacks. 

As per sources, There was also a hack of account of Cole Sprouse, the famous fancy Riverdale’s character which was again similar and was hacked through his “cell service provider.” It is unclear if it was the same group but was similar to how the Chuckle Squad operates. This is not the first time Dorsey’s account has been hacked.

The security firm OurMine hacked @Jack to give out a message about “testing your security” which was obviously not secured or else it could have not been hacked. The tweet also had a video and a link to OurMine’s website. OurMine also hacked other CEOs, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai.

Maguire Jovich

Automation Engineer, Maguire Jovich is having experience of PLC system and its installations and commissioning. He is skilled in programming, troubleshooting as well as customer interactions, and service. If not working he would like to spend his time in tranquility around the excellence of nature, he even enjoys forest camping a lot.

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